It’s true: Miracles take time.
But Lord have mercy, how I don’t have patience for time.
I don’t want to wait on them.
And when that child tells his sister she is most unwelcome to play his game, I throw my hands up in the air and wonder how long will it take for him to learn a little unselfish sibling love?
I don’t want to wait on him to figure it out.
I don’t want to wait on Him, either. I want to see some results pronto.
But if I am going to have true, lasting faith in God, then I must accept that much of what He teaches is not up for observation. We don’t learn from studying things right in front of us. Rather, we learn from accepting what isn’t. The hard part is believing it’s there just the same.
Sometimes, we must believe the invisible.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
I did not see God create the world with my own eyes. Yet I believe He brought life from formless black nothing. When He commands, things happen.
So, while today my kids are ornery, this relationship is torn, that dream is unfulfilled, I have faith it’s never hopeless because God makes the invisible visible. He creates life from nothing. We just need to have the patience to persevere and keep the faith that through this, we will inherit His promises (Hebrews 6:12).
I tend to see patience as an annoying do-nothing, someone who’s just sitting around expecting opportunity to drop in her lap. But the truth is patience is quietly working at her desk, just waiting for the best opportunity to show her profitable work. Things are most assuredly happening while we are patient, but what’s happening is invisible.
In the Christian walk, we don’t always see first and then believe. Sometimes, seeing is not believing. Rather believing is seeing.
May the eyes of our faith be open to believe.